DC Feature Articles - January 2004

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Before they put on costumes, they were already heroes…

Click For Larger Image     Acclaimed writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (SELINA’S BIG SCORE, BATMAN: EGO) turns his attention to the dawn of the Silver Age in DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, a sprawling 6-issue miniseries that takes readers on a journey from the end of the Golden Age to the genesis of a bold new era for the super-hero in the late 1950s!

     World War II is over. The Cold War has begun. And the Age of the Super-hero is in decline. But where are the heroes of tomorrow?

     THE NEW FRONTIER recounts the dawning of the DCU’s Silver Age from the perspective of those brave individuals who made it happen. Encounter “keepers of the flame” including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, who survived the anti-hero sentiment of the Cold War, as well as eager newcomers like test-pilot Hal Jordan and scientist Barry Allen, poised to become the next generation of crimefighters. And discover the tragic sacrifices of noble warriors such as The Losers and The Suicide Squad who bridged the gap between the two eras at a terrible personal price.

     Cooke, a master storyteller, writes and illustrates this landmark tale, a must-have not only for fans of the DC Universe, but for all lovers of powerful tales of heroism!

     This project is supported with a 17” x 34” full-color poster, a 5” x 34” full-color poster strip, a minisite at www.dccomics.com; a preview in Wizard magazine, and house and trade ads.

     DC: THE NEW FRONTIER is a miniseries featuring six 64-page spectaculars edited by Mark Chiarello. Issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores January 21 with a cover price of $6.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     What’s in a name? Everything, if you share it with the Man of Steel!

     SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY is a 4-issue Prestige Format miniseries written by the critically lauded Kurt Busiek (JLA/AVENGERS, ASTRO CITY) with stellar art by Stuart Immonen (SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY, Thor). Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines the life of a young Kansas man with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent.

     All Clark wants is to be a writer, but his daily life is filled with the taunts and jibes of his peers, comparing him to that other Clark Kent — the one with super-powers… “Hey Clark, where’s your X-ray vision? How come you can’t fly?”

     Until one day when Clark awakens to discover that he can fly…that he does in fact have super-strength! But where did these powers come from? Why? And what’s he going to do about it? Find out in SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, a poignant, smart tale by Busiek featuring Immonen’s finest art to date!

     This project is supported with a minisite at www.dccomics.com, and trade and house ads.

     SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY is a 4-issue Prestige Format miniseries edited by Joey Cavalieri. The 48-page issue #1 arrives in comic-book stores January 14 with a cover price of $5.95 U.S.

A landmark issue for a comics icon!

Click For Larger Image     Wonder Woman has faced some enormous challenges since writer Greg Rucka and artists Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder came on board with August's acclaimed issue #195. But her biggest battle yet comes in WONDER WOMAN #200, a 64-page anniversary issue highlighted by the conclusion to the team's first story arc, "Down to Earth" and the debut of new regular cover artist J.G. Jones (WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA).

     As Veronica Cale unleashes an amped-up version of an already deadly villains on Wonder Woman and her friends, the machinations of Ares on Olympus cause the gods to take a very different approach to all the Amazons of Themyscira…a change that will affect Diana's people for years to come!

     But the conclusion to “Down to Earth” is just part of this celebration of the most famous female character in comics! Award-winning artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) provides spot illustrations for excerpts (written by Rucka) from Wonder Woman's own book, Reflections; and renowned Castle Waiting artist Linda Medley illustrates a story starring Wonder Girl that retells an ancient myth, setting the stage for the next continuing WONDER WOMAN storyline. Plus, other stories evoke the spirit of Wonder Woman's earlier incarnations, including “The Exile of Wonder Woman!,” a Golden Age-style story from writer Robert Rodi (Elektra, CODENAME: KNOCKOUT) with H.G. Peter-style art by Rick Burchett (GREEN LANTERN). Plus, the Silver Age exploits of our favorite Amazon are lovingly re-created by writers Nunzio DeFillipis & Christina Weir (New Mutants) and artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN ADVENTURES) when Wonder Woman must rescue Steve Trevor from "Amazon Women on the Moon!"

     Rounding out this Wonder-full celebration are pinups from Eduardo Risso, Steve Rude, Stuart Immonen, Brian Stelfreeze, and Walter Simonson, making this a celebration to remember!

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     WONDER WOMAN is an ongoing series edited by Ivan Cohen. The 64-page issue #200 arrives in comic-book stores January 28 with a cover price of $3.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     The “Hush” storyline — created by comics superstars Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams and running through BATMAN #608-619 — captivated audiences and critics alike, topping sales charts for nearly its entire run. Now, five of that storyline’s main players make the jump to the action figure realm as DC Direct presents the BATMAN: HUSH ACTION FIGURES!

     This assortment of figures includes the BATMAN ACTION FIGURE, THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE, HUSH ACTION FIGURE, HUNTRESS ACTION FIGURE, and POISON IVY ACTION FIGURE. Each 6-inch scale figure features multiple points of articulation, individualized accessories, a Batman logo base, and comes packaged in a 4-color blister. Don’t miss the perfect companion set to the now-classic “Hush!”

Click For Larger Image     This project is supported with a full-color promo poster, a minisite at www.dccomics.com, and house ads.

     The BATMAN: HUSH BATMAN ACTION FIGURE, BATMAN: HUSH THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE, BATMAN: HUSH HUSH ACTION FIGURE, BATMAN: HUSH HUNTRESS ACTION FIGURE, and BATMAN: HUSH POISON IVY ACTION FIGURE are advance-solicited, sold separately and arrive in comic-book stores May 19, 2004. Please consult your retailer for pricing information. Retailers please note: Four of the BATMAN: HUSH ACTION FIGURES are available in Inner and Master Case assortment as well as singles: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE, THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE, THE HUNTRESS ACTION FIGURE, and POISON IVY ACTION FIGURE. The BATMAN: HUSH HUSH ACTION FIGURE is only available for order in Inner and Master Case assortments. Consult your retailer order form for packaging details.


Click For Larger Image     In the wake of the Earth-shattering events of SUPERMAN #200, Superman is nowhere to be found. Now a new raven-haired super-hero has emerged to claim the role of Metropolis’ champion…a hero who hails from another universe: WildStorm’s Mr. Majestic!

     The 3-part saga “Strange New Visitor” unfolds weekly in ACTION COMICS #811, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #623 and SUPERMAN #201, all written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (THE LEGION) with art by Karl Kerschl (SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL) and covers by Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines!

     Can Mr. Majestic fill the void left by the world’s most powerful super-hero? He steps in to help Superboy, the new Steel and Krypto save Metropolis from a new threat. But is he the cause of the mysterious goings-on? Before long, the DCU heroes begin to think Majestic is at the root of the crisis plaguing Metropolis and unite against him…which could lead to an even greater tragedy for the city! Will the Man of Steel emerge to save the day?

     ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, and SUPERMAN are ongoing series edited by Eddie Berganza. ACTION COMICS #811 arrives in comic-book stores January 14, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #624 arrives in comic-book stores January 21, and SUPERMAN #201 arrives in comic-book stores January 28, all 32 pages with a cover price of $2.25 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Writer Geoff Johns has thrilled fans and critics alike with his groundbreaking work on JSA (featuring art by Don Kramer & Keith Champagne) and HAWKMAN (featuring art by Rags Morales & Michael Bair), mixing the high adventure of classic comics with a modern cutting edge. Now, these two titles come together to shake these hallowed characters to their very core in a 6-part weekly crossover running through JSA #56-58 and HAWKMAN #23-#25: “Black Reign!”

     It has been too long since the people of Kahndaq — the birthplace of Black Adam — have tasted freedom and justice…but that’s all about to end, if Black Adam has anything to say about it. He’s assembled a team consisting of Atom Smasher, Northwynd, Brainwave, and others, and plans to take them behind enemy lines to battle on behalf of Kahndaq. How far will they go to achieve their ends? Meanwhile, the JSA must contend with bloodshed as Hawkman’s actions shock everyone!

     Don’t miss this pulse-pounding storyline — continuing through February and all featuring painted covers by John Watson — that’s sure to have everyone talking!

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     JSA and HAWKMAN are ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi. JSA #56 arrives in comic-book stores January 7, HAWKMAN #23 arrives in comic-book stores January 14, JSA #57 arrives in comic-book stores January 21, and HAWKMAN #24 arrives in comic-book stores January 28, all 32 pages with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Joe Hamill — tough guy, construction worker and all-American male — thought it’d be great to use the H-E-R-O device. Who wouldn’t want immediate, unbelievable super-powers at the touch of a button? The power to do anything you want. That’s what Joe was after…only things didn’t go exactly as he had planned.

     Joe’s story begins in H-E-R-O #12, written by Will Pfeifer with art by Kano and painted covers by John Van Fleet, kicking off the 3-part tale “Ch-ch-ch-changes.”

     Following the bright flash of light that accompanies the activation of the H-E-R-O device, Joe is transformed into Electro Lass, a super-heroine. This manly man is now an electrifying, beautiful babe, complete with a revealing costume and the figure to fill it. What's worse, the transforming flash startled Joe so much that he lost the device, leaving him with no way to change back.

     His girlfriend won't speak to him, his best friend doesn't know whether to punch him or kiss him, and Joe’s quickly learning that, just like the song says, “sometimes it's hard to be a woman.” Even a woman with super-powers.

     H-E-R-O is an ongoing series edited by Peter Tomasi. The 32-page issue #12 arrives in comic-book stores January 14 with a cover price of $2.50 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     The stars of the hit Cartoon Network series are spotlighted in DC’s third set of digest-sized trade paperbacks! The World’s Mightiest Super-Heroes combat villainy in all its forms, protecting the Earth from harm! Each digest measures 5 1/8” x 7 9/16”, includes 110 pages’ worth of the JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES comic, and is perfect for introducing new readers to the wonders of super-hero comics!

  • VOLUME 1: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, written by Fabian Nicieza, Christopher Sequeira, Josh Siegal, and Dan Slott with art by John Delaney, Min S. Ku, Chris Jones, Christian Alamy, Dan Davis, Randy Elliot, Mark Propst and a cover by John Delaney & Rick Burchett, collects JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #3, 6, and 10-12, featuring the stories "The Star Lost," "Wolf's Clothing," "Must There Be a Martian Manhunter?," "The Moment," and "Cold War."
  • VOLUME 2: FRIENDS AND FOES, written by Michael Bernard, Jason Hall, Matthew Manning, Scott McCloud, and Dan Slott with art by Rick Burchett, John Delaney, Min S. Ku, Mark Propst, and John K. Snyder III and a cover by Butch Lukic collects JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #13-14, 16, and 19-20, featuring the stories "Local Hero," "An Angry Tide," "Hide and Seek," "What's in a Hero?," and "Emotional Baggage.”
  • 112-page trade paperbacks
  • Measuring 5 1/8” x 7 9/16”
  • In stores January 21
  • $6.95 U.S. each


Click For Larger Image     Wonder Woman is the world’s most popular heroine, one of comics’ true iconic characters. Armed with her super strength, magic lasso, bullet-deflecting bracelets and invisible plane, she has fought evildoers for more than 60 years. Now, some of her classic 1940s adventures are collected in WONDER WOMAN ARCHIVES Volume 4, a 204-page hardcover.

     This volume collects SENSATION COMICS #25-32 and WONDER WOMAN #8-9, written by Wonder Woman’s creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston, with art and cover by Harry G. Peter. In these tales, the Amazon Avenger faces off against such dire threats as Queen Clea, Giganta, The Masquerader, and myriad of Axis baddies!

  • 204-page hardcover Archive
  • In stores January 21
  • $49.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     DC’s line of black-and-white, digest-sized collections of classic ElfQuest material continues! ELFQUEST: THE GRAND QUEST VOL. 1, written by Richard & Wendy Pini with art and a new cover by Wendy Pini, collects the very first ElfQuest story, originally presented in ElfQuest #1-5. In addition to being reprinted at 5” x 7 3/8”, the story pages have been reformatted for easier reading.

     This classic tale introduces the characters who would form the cornerstone of the sprawling ElfQuest legacy, including Cutter, Skywise, Leetah, and Rayek, as well as the assorted elves, trolls, wolves and humans who populate this fantastic universe.

     THE GRAND QUEST begins as Cutter’s tribe faces its greatest test when their home is burned to the ground, forcing them to flee across the burning desert in search of a new home. When they encounter another tribe, Cutter finds love with the healer Leetah, but faces the enmity of Rayek, suspicious of the newcomers.

     Can these two tribes learn to accept one another in spite of their differing cultures and experiences, or will their alliance prove to be brief and violent?

  • 224 black-and-white trade paperback
  • Measures 5” x 7 3/8”
  • In stores January 7
  • $9.95 U.S


Click For Larger Image     Dick Grayson needs to clean up the corrupt police force in Blüdhaven…and he gets his chance when he joins the ranks!

     It all goes down in NIGHTWING: BIG GUNS, a 192-page trade paperback collecting NIGHTWING #46-50, NIGHTWING 80-PAGE GIANT #1, and material from NIGHTWING SECRET FILES, written by Chuck Dixon with art by Greg Land, Patrick Zircher, Manuel Gutierrez, Mike Collins, José Marzán, Jr., Drew Geraci, John Stanisci, Sean Parsons, Steve Bird, and Wayne Faucher and a cover by Land and Karl Story.

     While searching for evidence, Nighting also must deal with the out-of-control Nite-Wing; Sylph, a killer lady in white with a grudge; Torque, the former cop with his twisted view of the world; and Hella, a vicious woman with a mad-on against a certain cop family!

     And be sure to check out NIGHTWING #89, the single most shocking issue of the year! Blockbuster has a bloody vendetta against Nightwing, and he’s about to do the unthinkable. Trust us, you won’t expect what’s coming!

     This project is supported with house ads.

  • 192-page trade paperback
  • In stores January 21
  • $14.95 U.S.

The Comrade of Steel?

Click For Larger Image     Their planet on the brink of destruction, Jor-El and Lara send off their infant son in a small spacecraft, hurtling towards Earth. The child, Kal-El, crash-lands safely...but not in Kansas. Instead, he makes his new home on a collective in the Soviet Union!

     2003's red-hot, sold-out miniseries is collected in SUPERMAN: RED SON — written by Mark Millar (The Ultimates, THE AUTHORITY), and featuring art by Dave Johnson (BATMAN and 100 BULLETS covers) & Andrew Robinson and Kilian Plunkett (SMALLVILLE, Star Wars Tales) & Walden Wong. Plus, this collection features an introduction by movie producer Tom DeSanto (X-Men, X2: X-Men United), a sketchbook section featuring preliminary art by Johnson and Plunkett, and an all-new cover by Johnson!

     “A strong Elseworlds series that creates interesting parallels and alternates of the heroes that we know and love.” –SilverBulletComicBooks.com

     “Mark Millar delivers an entertaining story that takes the reader back to the Cold War…” –TheFourthRail.com

     “A smarter story than most of its brethren…” –PopMatters.com

     This project is supported with house ads.

  • 160-page Elseworlds Trade Paperback
  • In stores January 7
  • $17.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     In his first story arc on the new GREEN ARROW series (collected in GREEN ARROW: QUIVER), fan-favorite writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Jersey Girl) resurrected the legendary DC hero to huge critical and popular success. He followed it up with the work collected in GREEN ARROW: THE SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE — a harrowing 128-page trade paperback stylishly rendered by Phil Hester & Ande Parks. This volume collects GREEN ARROW #11-15, including the original painted covers by Matt Wagner, and features an introduction by Hester and a special sketchbook section showcasing his and Parks’ dynamic art.

     THE SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE puts Oliver Queen and his closest loved ones directly in the madman’s bullseye. Plus, the relationship between Ollie and his son/successor Connor Hawke is explored, while Mia — the young girl whom Green Arrow saved — flirts with becoming a new “Speedy.” Also, Ollie rekindles his romance with Dinah Lance, a.k.a. Black Canary!

     This project is supported with house ads.

  • 128-page trade paperback
  • In stores January 28
  • $12.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     Collected for the first time ever, the Silver Age saga that introduced Zatanna to comics!

     JLA: ZATANNA’S SEARCH collects THE ATOM #19, HAWKMAN #4, GREEN LANTERN #42, DETECTIVE COMICS #335 and 355 and JLA #51, written by Gardner Fox with art by a veritable cornucopia of comics legends: Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, and Bob Kane! It’s all wrapped in a new cover by Brian Bolland (BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE).

     In this classic tale, the teenage mage seeks help from the heroes of the Justice League of America in rescuing her father — Golden Age great Zatara — from certain doom! This volume also includes a 10-page Zatanna origin story by Gerry Conway and Romeo Tanghal from DC BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #5 (1980).

     This project is supported with house ads.

  • 128-page trade paperback
  • In stores January 14
  • $12.95 U.S.


Click For Larger Image     One of this summer’s most successful new launches, the OUTSIDERS ongoing series has been a bona-fide, fan-favorite hit, with every one of its early issues selling out! Now issues #1-6 are collected in OUTSIDERS: LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, a 192-page trade paperback written by Judd Winick, with art by the teams of Tom Raney & Scott Hanna and Chriscross & Sean Parsons. Also included is the 30-page lead story from TEEN TITANS/OUTSIDERS SECRET FILES #1 (written by Winick and TITANS scribe Geoff Johns with pencils by Ivan Reis and Carlo Barberi and inks by Marc Campos and Norm Rapmund), that shows the events leading up to OUTSIDERS #1.

      In OUTSIDERS: LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, Arsenal takes it upon himself to recruit a new group of heroes…and the ones he finds are quite a crew! Grace, a super-strong bouncer working at a metahuman club; Thunder, the mass-changing daughter of Black Lightning; Indigo, the cyborg girl from the future; the shape-shifting Metamorpho; and Jade — from the pages of GREEN LANTERN — are all waiting in the wings.

     Unfortunately for the newly assembled team, their first mission — to protect President Lex Luthor — could be their last! Because what do you get when a barrel of fierce monkey-warriors attack Manhattan? Mayhem! Plus, the Outsiders take on the villainy of Brother Blood!

     This project is supported with house ads.

  • 192-page trade paperback
  • In stores January 14
  • $12.95 U.S

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